Where Will I Intern?

Where Will I Intern?

You'll gain professional experience as an intern in Boston, one of the most dynamic, energetic, and exciting cities in the U.S. In the past, our placement agency, AIC, has placed students in leading public policy organizations, cultural and academic institutions, and state-of-the-art research laboratories. Our internship placement team will help you find the internship that's right for you.

You'll work in your internship full-time, five days a week, for a minimum of 35 hours per week. Generally, your internship is unpaid. In an unpaid internship, the criteria set by the U.S. Department of Labor are applied:

  1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment.
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern.
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff.
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded.
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

Here are examples of the kinds of firms, organizations, and companies that have employed Summer Study Interns:

Arts Management

Commercial galleries; auction houses; museums; cultural councils; architectural firms; design companies; arts campaigning groups; language institutes; theater companies; music and dance companies; and art centers.


Local and regional businesses and start-up enterprises; finance and accounting; marketing and business development; real estate; and human resources.

Communication & Creative Media

Film and television companies; radio stations; independent production companies; news services; advertising, marketing, and public relations agencies; newspapers; and magazines.

Computer Science & Applied Mathematics

Technology companies; non-profit organizations; research think tanks; and start-ups.

International Studies

International non-governmental organizations; international development; state and federal agencies; foreign policy think tanks; commercial import/export firms; and cultural exchange and education institutions.

Politics, Public Policy & Law

State, local, and federal government agencies; legal centers and law organizations; international agencies and organizations; think tanks; lobbying organizations and political action groups; and political parties.

Psychology Research & Practice

Counseling services and mental health centers; early childhood development programs; and labs and research departments in fields such as neurodevelopment, vision, cognition, education, socio-emotional intelligence, and degenerative diseases and disorders.

Public Health & Social Policy

Health care organizations; educational institutions; non-profit organizations; counseling services; and social service providers and policy institutes.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
Summer Study Internship Program
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 105
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-0556
Fax: 617-353-5532
Email: ssip@bu.edu